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[caption id="attachment_105887" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Freeland junior Kelly Laatsch watches her Sign Language Interpreter, Jennifer Libiran, while working on a group project in EDU 345 class Thursday morning in the College of Education and Human Services Building.
The Science and Technology and Health Professions colleges will receive the most in academic prioritization funding tabbed for Central Michigan University's six colleges and Prof Ed program.
According to funding documents provided by Provost Gary Shapiro, the Science and Technology College is tabbed to receive $880,296, while Health Professions will get $857,000.
A 1998 Central Michigan University graduate is fighting to ensure what he claims should be equal treatment of all students at the university.
Andrew Helmboldt, in a recent letter to Central Michigan Life, said teacher education student Kelly Laatsch is on track to receive her diploma in May.
[caption id="attachment_103190" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Waterford senior Jennifer Tabeek, HDF 409 student assistant, laughs as Carson, 4, left, and Henry, 4, play with toy trains Tuesday afternoon in the Education and Human Services Building's Child Learning Lab.
[caption id="attachment_103191" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Dean of University of Nevada, Las Vegas' College of Education Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson had a large turnout for her campaign open forum for Dean of College of Education and Human Services Tuesday in the EHS Building.
[caption id="attachment_103138" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Henry Clark, Dean for Academic Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, candidate for Dean of College of Education and Human Services presents his campaign to faculty and staff on Monday in EHS 315.
[caption id="attachment_102022" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Dr. Charles Howell, current chairman of Northern Illinois University's College of Education's leadership, educational psychology and foundations department, listens to a comment during the open forum of the College of Education and Human services search for its next dean Jan.
The College of Education and Human Services has narrowed its search for a new dean down to three.
According to a news release from Central Michigan University, finalists include Charles Howell, chairman of the College of Education’s leadership, educational psychology and foundations department at Northern Illinois University; Henry Clark, current senior associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University and Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, associate dean of the College of Education at the University of Nevada- Las Vegas.
Kathryn Koch has been serving as interim dean, following the unexpected death of former dean Karen Adams in April 2009.
Each candidate will visit CMU and take part in an interview and hour-long open forum held in the Lake Superior Room of the Bovee University Center.
Howell’s forum will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Central Michigan University can add another department to its expanding list of accredited programs on campus.
The Master in Educational Leadership and the Master in Education programs have renewed accreditation status for both the initial certification process and graduate-level education programs.
The Teacher Education Accreditation Council Accreditation Committee awarded CMU a five-year accreditation status based on students' test results, an outline of the education program, success of alumni and review of coursework.
“We had to submit a brief outlining our program,” said Associate Dean of the College of Education Ray Francis.
Students who spend time in the Education and Human Services building now have a new place to learn, as well as a new place to share their stories.
About 100 students gathered Wednesday in the EHS building's French Auditorium for the launch party celebrating both the addition of a new lab, called the center for applied learning initiative lab, and blog, EHS Life.
Tracy Burton, EHS coordinator of outreach and marketing, said the blog features a number of exciting stories connected to students and faculty who make up the college.
“Our students are involved in so many unique projects locally, across the state and globally, so it’s nice that we have an online presence to showcase everything that they’re doing," Burton said.
Livonia senior Krysten Barczuk designed the blog's graphics, including its logo, and helped organize the launch party.
Shawn Quilter said he sees teaching as a relationship of learning that gets someone from point A to point B. “I want to share our vision with the alumni and have them help position Central the way we want it,” he said Monday to a crowd of about 30 staff members during an open forum. Quilter is a finalist for the open dean position for the College of Education and Human Services.
Richard Louv, a 2008 Audubon medal winner, said young adults today are suffering from what he called a "nature-deficit disorder.” Louv attracted about 180 students and community members Wednesday to hear his speech, “The Restorative Power of the Natural World," as part of the T.R. Johnson Endowment speaker series presented by the College of Education and Human Services.
Gov. Rick Snyder’s decision to slash higher education funding to state universities by 15 percent should not come as a surprise to CMU administrators, and it should serve as the perfect catalyst for them to prepare. While cuts to higher education funding are always unfortunate, they are warranted this year. What is critical is not how much was cut, but how CMU reacts.
The university has pooled $5 million in reserves to patch potential budget holes in case newly-elected state lawmakers mandate funding callbacks in January 2011. Kathy Wilbur, vice president of Government Relations and Public Affairs, said any governor has the authority to issue executive order cuts based on state budget figures.
The Annual University Campaign is approaching its goal of $875,000 and organizers hope to reach it by January.
The campaign has raised $639,886 from 429 donors as of Monday. The goal is to reach $875,000 from at least 1,100 donors by the beginning of 2011.
Alfie Kohn is not happy with the current education system.
Kohn, an author and activist, spoke of education reform and progressive education Wednesday to a packed French Auditorium in the Education and Human Services Building.
The College of Education and Human Services dean search is suspended until late summer or early fall.
Elvis Presley lives on through impersonators.
That includes a retired Central Michigan University employee.